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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by August 4

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+)
Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science and are looking for new ways to participate? Join us for our Tuesday evening Citizen Science program. Let’s start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist and learn about the PlantNet app and more! We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with nature, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather data we can share. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

Register by August 7

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 7

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's head outdoors for a sunny and exciting day to discover the fun-filled activities and adventures that you can do in your backyard? We will be learning and exploring through play by discovering different textures, colors and shapes of nature. We will hunt and find various treasures that you may find in your backyard. Participants, please meet the instructor at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's head outdoors for a sunny and exciting day to discover the fun-filled activities and adventures that you can do in your backyard? We will be learning and exploring through play by discovering different textures, colors and shapes of nature. We will hunt and find various treasures that you may find in your backyard. Participants, please meet the instructor at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's head outdoors for a sunny and exciting day to discover the fun-filled activities and adventures that you can do in your backyard? We will be learning and exploring through play by discovering different textures, colors and shapes of nature. We will hunt and find various treasures that you may find in your backyard. Participants, please meet the instructor at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+)
Join a naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+)
Join a naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 12

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson.

Participants who attend all four Discover Nature-Fishing lessons together with family members will each receive a 25.00 Bass Pro Shop gift card from Missouri Department of Conservation.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane poles are primitive but they are also fun and easy for anyone to use. Especially young children who aren't sure of rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake, learn how to build a cane pole and then try your luck with this trusty old equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole during this program, then they can take their pole home for more fishing adventures after the program.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are not required for anyone fishing during this program.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish along with the children.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Navigate through nature; learn to read a map and how to use a compass. We'll look at topographic maps and talk about how to know where you are. We'll be using compasses in a scavenger hunt for participants to learn a new skill in navigating. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8-11)
Fishing is a great way to spend time in nature, and Missouri has lots of great places to go fishing and lots of cool fish to catch. Join us at our Education pond for a morning of fishing fun. We will go over the basics of rod-and-reel fishing then head down to the water to see how many we can catch. Fish on! Program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Participants who attend all four Discover Nature-Fishing lessons together with family members will each receive a 25.00 bass Pro Shop gift card from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Program limited to children ages 5 and above. All children ages 5-15 must be

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 21

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
While working in your gardens, have you ever seen something disappear into the grass or scurry beneath your mulch pile? More than likely, it was a member of the backyard buster squad - a multitude of 100% all-natural pest controllers. Come on in and learn who’s who.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 26

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.

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